Supplies for Callista
BODY - Trace pattern pieces onto body fabric. Mark the openings. With right sides together, stitch body pieces. (Note -do not stitch across toe of legs) Press with steam to set stitches. I feel this makes the seams stronger. Cut out body pieces and clip inside sharp turns. E.g. inside elbow, behind knee, above heel, at thumb. I prefer to cut small dolls with curves with pinking shears. This makes a nice smooth seam when turned.
LEG/ARMS - After cutting out legs, bring together toe seams and stitch across to give the foot a flat shape. Then lay the legs flat with knees and toes pointing out (important) and mark where you will make the slit for turning. This assures that you will have a slit on the inside of both legs.
Turn body, head, arms, and legs. Do not stuff body until legs are attached or she will have too many behinds. Stuff head. Stuff arms and legs. A hemostat and stuffing fork are most useful for stuffing narrow body parts. Stitch arm openings closed with a ladder stitch or a tiny whip stitch. Close inside leg openings with a whip stitch. Don't pull too tightly or she'll lose the fullness in her hips and thighs and she needs this to form her behind.
Put a very small amount of stuffing in lower body. This should almost be flat. Then attach legs to lower body by placing body in between legs and stitching through from leg to body to other leg and back. Repeat two or three times to squeeze behind together and then lock the stitch. There should be almost no body showing in the rear and a small amount of body dipping down in front of legs. Finish stuffing body (firmly at neck) and be sure to push a little stuffing down into front to round out her belly. Close back opening with tiny whip stitch. Attach arms by stitching through arm to body to other arm and back as with the legs. Repeat two or three times and lock stitch.
HEAD - Stuff head. Attach head by poking into stuffing to create a space and pushing down onto neck. Neck Must be stuffed firmly so that you can "screw" head down onto it. Turn head slightly to one side and pin in place. Stitch onto neck with a small ladder stitch.
At this point, you can paint eyes and sculpt the head. For the eyes, place a small dot of paint for iris. When dry, place a small dot of white on either side of iris. Make a dot in center of eye for pupil. With a pin tip, place a white dot for sparkle. After that is dry, with a fine brown or black Pigma pen (.005 or .01) make an arch over the eye and draw a straight line just under the iris. Pull down 2 or 3 eyelashes on bottom and 3 or 4 eyelashes on top. A small dash for eyebrows. For lips use a red Pigma pen. Color cheeks with red Berol pencil or powdered blush.
With a single strand of nylon upholstery thread -
1) starting at back of head, insert needle and come out through inside comer of eye - back in at about the same place and out through inside comer of other eve - back in at same place and out through inside corner of opposite eye - back in at same place and out through back of head. Secure. This creates bridge of nose.
* Skirt -
1) With right sides together fold 3-1/2" up (lengthwise), leaving about 1" of fabric exposed (this will be casing for the waist). On this fold, trace skirt hem. Stitch along traced line. By ending the points very near the folded edge, you will eliminate a lot of bulk when turning. Cut out, clip at turns, turn right side out, and press.
1) Starting at center back of doll, insert needle into doll back between shoulder blades and secure the thread. Run needle through top fold of bodice (as if it were a casing) and come around to center back again and lock the stitch in. Pull up a little at top center front and secure with a stitch.SHOES -
1) Trace shoe pattern onto paper side of fusible webbing. Iron onto wrong side of shoe fabric. Cut this piece out, peel off paper and press onto wrong side of another piece shoe fabric. Cut out.WINGS -
1) Trace pattern onto wrong side of fabric. Stitch around tracing, press, cut out about 1/4 inch from stitching.HAIR - Fold approximately 3 yards of fancy yam to about 8" to 9" depending on fullness you desire. Bunch loosely in center and on machine, sew a seam down center. Attach to head with a few hand stitches and fluff out. You can mix in a few strands of gold thread to add sparkle. You can also use wool roving or goat skin if you prefer.
You can embellish wherever
you wish with ribbons, feathers, beads, bells, leaves, glitter or whatever
you can dream up - Let your imagination fly :-)
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